A closer look at the self-employed health insurance tax deduction

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The self-employed health insurance deduction seems simple at first glance but can trigger tricky questions when dealing with the details. Unlike other business expenses and itemized deductions, this is a separate deduction taken on the first page of the Form 1040 tax return. Because of its “above the line” status this deduction can be more valuable […]

Whole life insurance revisited

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One of the most maddening topics for me as an adviser has been whole life insurance for working class clients. It is clear that whole life insurance is the #1 financial vehicle of choice for the “top 5 percenters” in the wealth scale, often through the corporate entities that they control, but what about the […]

Colleges may stop offering CFP

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Wall Street Journal Wealth Adviser brief writes “CFP controversy hits educators. College-level educators expect to see fallout from the CFP Board’s recent troubles over how advisers have been using the “fee-only” label. For one thing, it’s likely to hurt enrollment in CFP exam courses, one professor tells Financial Planning. Some educators are wondering if they […]

Tax planning notes for 2013

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Following are unformatted meeting notes from a Presentation by Al Klingan JD, LLM, CLU, ChFC in a meeting 11/8/2012 hosted by First Financial at the Philadelphia Union League. CURRENT LAW FOR 2013 (if no congressional action) All brackets rise CG rise to 20% Dividends 39.6% Deductions phase out Exemptions phaseout Social Security to 6.2% Additional 3.8% […]

Obama and Romney on tax issues

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This summary was prepared by CCH and IMO really helps to summarize and highlight the differences in the two party candidates’ ideas on tax issues: Obama on Individual taxes 2013 rates higher for higher-income taxpayers only Unspecified future date: lower rates for middle/lower income brackets Higher capital gains/dividend rate for higher-income taxpayers $3.5 million estate […]

notes / updates on 412(i) pension plans

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Following is an unformatted dump of research notes. For a few complete articles see www.tonynovak.com/articles IRS code: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/26/412 http://zingleandassociates.com/papers/412i/shutdown.pdf  links to applicable Revenue Rulings http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-tege/db_lrm.pdf 1_412e3 – Beyond the Basics.ppt https://www.allegisadvisorgroup.com/Content/Content/63/Documents/1_412e3%20-%20Beyond%20the%20Basics.ppt downloaded MassMutual powerpoint presentation Requirements for “Separate Agreements” for §412(i) Pension Plans This article discusses the information that must be included in the “separate agreements” […]